All Hands on Leopard

All Hands on Leopard

LEOPARD TOP TRICK NO.1 - SAVE CUSTOM SEARCH SETS

The enhancements to the Finder window’s Sidebar are some of Leopard’s true treats. Here’s how to take advantage of one of its niftier features: the ability to create specific searches and then access them again later.

 

1. Open a Find Window. In the Finder, press Command-F and a Find window will appear. The first Find criteria you’ll see is Kind. Click on it, and you’ll see a drop-down list of default criteria. At the bottom of that list is the ever-popular Other, which will lead you to a list of 144 more criteria.

 

The magic word Other will reveal a world of near-unimaginable detail.

 

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2. Explore the Possibilities. The additional criteria range from Album to Year Recorded, and contain such esoterica as Altitude (“The altitude of the item in meters above sea level, expressed using the WGS84 datum”) and Phone Number (“The phone numbers associated with this item”). Take a moment to explore - and note that by selecting the In Menu checkbox, you can add any item to the default criteria list.

 

We’re willing to bet that you didn’t know some of these search criteria even existed. We sure didn’t.

 

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3. Refine and Save. We want to set up a search for recent JPEGs taken with a 300mm lens at ISO 400 or less. After selecting the appropriate criteria, click the Save button, give the new search set a name - in this case, Recent Long-Lens - make sure that Add To Sidebar is checked, and then click Save.

 

We set the options in a Finder window’s Find pane to display surreptitiously captured, nonnoisy JPEGs shot in the past half year.

 

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4. Search and Ye Shall Find. A new item now appears in the Sidebar’s Search For section entitled - appropriately enough - Recent Long-Lens. When we click on it, all the JPEGs we’ve taken in the last six months that meet the focal length and ISO criteria we set in step 3 are displayed. To get rid of a search set, just drag it from the Sidebar to the Desktop, and - poof!

 

That tie, by the way, is actually a mini washboard - the image was shot at a musical-saw festival.

 

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Anonymous

I have a problem with hot corners in Leopard. Suppose I have multiple x11 windows open in one space, and I want to switch to another window. What do I do? I put my cursor in the appropriate hot corner to see all the windows and then I select the one I want to be on top, right? Ok, this works fine. I can now see the window I want on top, but when I go to work in this window by placing my cursor, the previous window I had reappears. Obviously, hot corners is worthless if this happens as I have to now move windows out of the way to find the one I want. Does this happen to anyone else? If so, do know of any fixes?

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Anonymous

**yawn***

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Josh

Changing the menubar will require an administrator password and you will need to restart the Mac for changes to take effect.

sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.WindowServer 'EnvironmentVariables' -dict 'CI_NO_BACKGROUND_IMAGE' 1
Remove translucency in menubar, turns it white.

sudo defaults write /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.WindowServer 'EnvironmentVariables' -dict 'CI_NO_BACKGROUND_IMAGE' 0
Removes translucency in menubar, turns it grey.

sudo defaults delete /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.WindowServer 'EnvironmentVariables'
Reverts back to default translucent menubar.

http://macosxtips.co.uk/index_files/category-terminal.html

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Anonymous

The alphabetical order on the fan view is reversed because your mouse pointer is closest to the bottom of list when you activate it. When you click on the dock icon, the shortest distance to "a" is one step up. As you move upward with your mouse, you get to "b", "c" and so forth.

As a long time Mac user who has experienced many OS changes over the years, this is the first time I have had to 'hack' the dock to get it to do what I want. Personally, the fan feature is useless, and the grid pop up is annoying and hard to navigate through. I have found a way to get the hierarchal type icon folder back through freeware, but this denies the ability to drag and drop items into that folder from the finder. Annoying! Most of these annoyances are overcome with spotlight as I can now launch programs by typing in the first few letters of the application and hit the 'return' key.

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s2

absolutely agree on having multiple desktop pictures to orient ourselves.

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Mike Jaes

Agreed that the new Dock takes some getting used to, and some mods.

To me, "Quick Look" is the coolest new feature. The way I work, (on web sites, for example) I have a "prep" folder for each site, containing PhotoShop documents, images, XHTML files, text files, etc.. The ability to quickly scan through a folder and to even see rendered XHTML pages in a Finder window is a HUGE time-saving feature.... (No apps to open)

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Michael Dunlop

Uhhhh.... the search thing with the "save" search and all that jazz is a Tiger feature.....

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Anonymous

Yeah, but could you save searches in the sidebar? Where could you save them?

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Anonymous

I'm using Tiger right now and looking at saved searches in the sidebar

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